We Traded Materialism for Meaning

Don’t follow the well-worn path

Go where others have not yet gone and leave a path

Okay so we’re speeding through history and I trust that this is as interesting to you as it is to me. I’m going to assume if you’re still reading that it must be.

More importantly I trust that you’re at least beginning to realize why and how we got where we are in today’s collective consciousness. I must say… it’s incredibly astounding to me to say the least. While we’ve taken quantum leaps in our technology… we’ve barely made baby steps in our spiritual, mental and emotional paradigm. Again, literally astounding. (reference IAD5)

Let’s just regroup and recap that we’re defining the principles of Innate Ability Development™ (IAD) and I’m suggesting that our current mindset in personal and spiritual development is poised and ready for the next leap forward.

We’re still in the process of defining principle number one in IAD, which fittingly enough, is “Principles and philosophy must precede practice;” and it’s becoming glaringly apparent to me that since there are currently at least six principles in IAD, (and this is already the sixth installment in the series), this series is going to take some time. In my opinion, time well invested.

I encourage you to stick with me because I firmly believe that it’ll not only make sense to you… but it just might completely change not only how you see life… but how you live!

Okay, let’s continue our journey up to the present day and all the paradigms, archetypes, and practices that are imbedded in our collective unconscious.

Let’s fast forward for the sake of time once again, and recognize that just prior to 166 B.C.E., as we began to leave another great Era (Aries), the worship of the Sun had reached its zenith in Egypt, the entire Western world was ruled by the iron-clad laws of Rome which possessed the greatest military power the world had ever seen to that date.

By the way… if you think that the position of the planets in the heavens have no effect upon the thoughts, feelings and actions of humanity… you may want to think again. Given the mighty army of Rome, and the worship of the Sun, is it mere happenstance that Aries is ruled by Mars (The God of War) and that the Sun is exalted in Aries? Hmmm. Doubt it.

For those who attempt to snicker that astrology has any bearing on anything I only ask you consider:

“Does the moon affect the oceans?” We know that it does.

“Is your body comprised of 70% water?” Again we know the answer is “yes.”

“Then if the moon can affect a body of water as large as an entire ocean, how can it not affect that little puddle you call your body?”

Usually I get a blank stare. Nothing can be said.

Everything is energy and everything is non-locally connected.

Period. No exception.

The focus for the Leader must be to become a greater conduit of the infinite energy that already is available. Read more about it here.

Do I believe that you can use astrology to predict your life and love? No. That’s exoteric (look it up) astrology, and true esoteric astrology was never meant for that. But do I believe that everything affects everything? No question. Physics tells us that everything is non-locally connected.

There’s a very well-known principle in physics and chaos-theory called “A Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions,” also known as “The Butterfly Affect.”

Basically what this principle states is that everything is so interdependent (and things happen in such a non-linear fashion), that a butterfly flapping its wings in Russia today could cause a hurricane in the United States next month. Now there’s something to ponder!

Again, if a butterfly (according to chaos theory) could have this type of impact… How could something as large and massive as a planet (quite a bit bigger than a butterfly), its movement, gravitational pull, and position have no impact whatsoever? Case closed.

The period just prior to 166 B.C.E. was one of the most brilliant times in our human history to date. The Upanishads appeared in India. Greece brought forth some of the most brilliant minds that still influence the world today.

Think about it… within just two hundred short years Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle all lived and taught. And then in a single century between 600 B.C.E. and 500 B.C.E. Confucius, The Buddha, and Zoroaster (a.k.a. Zarathustra) all walked the Earth! By the way, every single one of the aforementioned (no exception) have the mythology and belief of “being born of a virgin” attached to them. Take a deep breath. Read that again.

Now I know this is deeply controversial to traditional Christian beliefs to say the least, so please don’t take my word for it… do your own research. The fact is that the myth of virgin birth was alive and well for 500 to 600 years before the birth of Jesus. (more on this to come)

It was a fascinating time in history… one that still has a major impact on our philosophy in some ways today. Likewise, in many ways, it’s been completely lost. Teaser alert.

However, philosophy and deep contemplation were about to get trumped in a major way…

Look around and you’ll quickly realize that in today’s world… the philosopher holds very little value amongst the masses. Furthermore, in today’s climate, there’s little to no value whatsoever for a Liberal Arts education. Sad. For are not the arts, literature, grammar, poetry, music and philosophy the things that give life meaning?

In today’s world we’ve traded in meaning for materialism.

In fact, if we’re completely honest we must admit that for the vast majority… money has become meaning. Moreover, money has become God! We collectively (and ignorantly) believe that more things will bring more meaning. Trust me… they won’t!

But then again, I’m way ahead of myself.

As stated above… the new found search for the meaning of life and deep contemplation, was about to get smashed and suppressed in a way that echo’s across the vastness of time since 166 B.C.E.; and unfortunately it still has us wrapped very tightly in its ugly tentacles today…

Stay awake, Love Life, Be Epic,

james arthur ray


19 Responses

  1. Hi James,
    Innate Ability Development (IAD) is an inspiring title and concept, which I have so far found a pleasure to read, and learn about on this excellent Blog.

    You are right, the planets do affect the behaviors of people… The Sun definitely affects people’s attitudes and moods. For instance, people living in countries where the weather is sunny, in general, they seem to sport sunny personalities, be more laid back, get plenty of siesta times.., While in countries where the weather is cold and not very sunny those living there seem to be more uptight and a large number of people suffers from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) a form of depression caused by the lack of daily Sun and light.

    By stating that “Principles and Philosophy must precede Practices”, you are stating something very profound, yet most often ignored by many of us who have been unlucky enough to experienced repeated failures in different areas of our lives.

    James, you ask us to “Go where others have not yet gone and leave a path…”, but not everyone is as courageous and fearless as you are. Doing as you suggest might require a massive dose of courage and faith, difficult to conjure up by the average person whose main aim often is to keep up with the Joneses, and not be ostracized by one’s own circle of friends and family.
    Is there any way you suggest one could present to oneself that very concept in a friendlier “less charged way”, in order to lift some of the fears… and awaken the strong desire within the seeker to evolve and enthusiastically embrace life’s spiritual adventures?

    Regarding the various external influences, what you are helping me to become aware now is that: – We have The Planets affecting our thinking, our attitudes and behaviors and there is also the Collective Consciousness to take into consideration – which can often be focused on fear, loss, limitation, competition and the worshipping of money…., Where does the power of the individual lies?
    Does free will and personal mental powers have any ability to overturn, somehow mitigate or neutralize the unfavorable effects of the above mentioned two forces or are we all doomed to suffer?

    I look forward to read the following blogs that no doubt will reveal your take on what is that could be hindering our evolution, and what has been causing the human race to collectively advance towards its spiritual mental and emotional progression as an elderly asthmatic snail carrying heavy shopping…

    Thanks for once more sharing your interesting mind.

    Today, as always: – Have The Best Day Ever!

    Linda 🙂 

    1. Linda, very interesting questions indeed. First I’m definitely NOT fearless; and in fact no one is. Fear is a natural human emotion and truth be told those who talk about fearless living (which I never will) are the most fear-filled of all. More often than not, the greatest courage one can possess is the courage to allow fear to exist. Something to ponder. The beginner is debilitated by fear. The master turns fear in to fuel.

      Are there ways to mitigate the influence of external sources. I would say there are ways to transmutate the energies of external sources though understanding and wisdom. You might consider reading my series on Alchemy and you could possibly find some answers there. Much love and thanks for being here ~ JAR

  2. Morning James, and a happy Monday to you-

    This is all very interesting and parallels with some “light” reading I’ve been doing recently: on the New Testament and its historical context. Thus, a lot of what you’ve mentioned I’ve been studying, and I find it all fascinating. Context is key.

    I agree with you that money has become a God, but I also think technology has usurped God for many people, too. B.C.E. we didn’t have the luxury of farming, industry, medicine, etc. as we now know it, so we turned to the Gods to spare us famine, war, illness, and so forth. Today, hell, we can drive our car to a grocery store, pop a pill, use drones to fight our wars-why do we need a God? We seem to be doing just fine without favoring one.

    Or are we?

  3. Hi James,
    I love your work. I listened to you in Ft. Lauderdale several years ago and I admire your way with the audience. Any plans to come back to FL?

  4. What if there is no path? The ‘narrow gate’ is a singular travel through time and like water there is no path left behind. I wish there were. I wish I could pour what I have experienced into people so they wouldn’t have to do what I have done… That would make me a thief however. When I asked for an answer as a child, my mother said ‘ask your dad’. My father said ‘go look it up’ or ‘figure it out and let me know’. Any attempt at using ‘but everyone else is’ or ‘Bobby gets to..’ was met with ‘if everyone was jumping off a bridge would you too?’ Flying solo moving every year or two for most of my life stamped me. That was my normal. Meeting people who have decided or were forced to bloom where they were planted is foreign to me, and I am glad someone else is doing it. What if we are the butterfly? What if ‘love’ is only energy? Energy is everything therefore everything is ‘love’. When I don’t know the point of a riddle I find myself anxious and a bit disturbed. IF ‘i’ can stay with the riddle long enough, big IF, the portal of awareness appears for me and me alone usually. What we ‘believe’ keeps us stuck inside a possibility of someone/something else invention. That is not bad, just a path to nowhere. We are taught to look for answers. No power or fulfillment there. [I do wish true/false and multiple guess tests were illegal/never used.] Look for questions, especially questions that produce more questions. When I read “Heaven Knows What” published in 1935 by Grant Lewi who died before I was born, I discovered bits and pieces of astrology that are uncanny in their observations relative to me. Not like ‘true’ but more like machinery producing outcomes. Once you have driven a corvette you won’t forget the experience. You don’t believe in corvettes either because you know from experience they exist. Inductive reasoning is useful but unbelievable. Alan Krakower (Ra Uru Hu) revealed Human Design taking/making astrology further useful. Not helpful if you believe or not believe. Richard Rudd combined Alan’s information with I Ching producing his Gene Keys. Incredible riddles to ponder. The adventure is incredible! Thank you James for sharing yours.

    1. Lillian, actually with all due respect I mentioned very early on what God has become in current society. Maybe read it again? ~ JAR

  5. This is epic, the manner in which written and the subject matter discussed. Nicely done. I will be sharing this with some of my dearest friends. This topic will be as relevant today as in 500 years from now.

  6. Thanks James. I must say, your teachings have improved exponentially since your (seemingly) unfortunate incarceration. I caught your webinar the other day and was very impressed by how much your materialistic ramblings of old have evolved into actual spiritual enlightenment. You seem to me to be far closer to truth now than your money-guru days following The Secret. I suppose amidst the pain and suffering of prison (after the anger subsided), your contemplation of life, God, and materialism, and relationships has shown you exactly what is important in life. I’m sorry for the pain you endured and I can’t even begin to imagine what you must have gone through, but I KNOW you now have some true wisdom to share with the world. I’m very glad you didn’t turn cold and hard as most probably would have. You are a blessing to the world and a blessing to me. Keep up the great work and be well JAR.


    1. Thanks Michael, you are spot on in so many ways. I feel like a new man and I’m extremely grateful for the entire experience. Although I definitely don’t want to do it again. Pain is the mother of all growth. Much love ~ JAR

  7. James – do yo u think achieving spirituality should be FREE? There are people who charge thousands of money just to “raise your consciousness”, there are so-called spiritual retreats that charges a fortune just to achieve peace of mind, classes that charge for personal growth, etc – yet that goes against the principle of spiritual progress. Our monetary system has conditioned us to think, everything could associated with dollar values – even love and spiritual growth.

    In the personal development market place, we are seeing more of the “commercialization of spirituality” in various forms; that is, taking ancient wisdom meant to transcend the physical plane and re-packaging as a product to sell to the ignorant masses for money.

    The ancient Chinese consider everything – knowledge and mind/body practices to be free of charge provided once the student is ready. As such, there were really no such things as copyright or trademark in early Chinese history. The Chinese invented thousands of tools and have tons of spiritual practices that predates Judeo-Christian beliefs and customs. As such, the Chinese culture led to the every idea belongs to no one; however, modern today Chinese culture mixed with modern materialism have resulted in Westerners accusing Chinese people of copying everything. Perhaps it’s all a culture misunderstanding? Today, the simple life the Chinese has resulted in capitalistic way of charging thousands just to attain ancient “secrets”, greedy ways of operating businesses, and short-lived materialistic lifestyle.

    We adapt our ways of life to survive, and it seems our fast-paced materialistic system have caused many cultures around the world to adopt similar principles to catch-up.

    I’m not pointing anyone out in particular, but wondering how spiritual one can be if there’s a profit motive in it in general? Our culture and society are becoming more selfish and materialistic that it’s difficult to change.

    All ancient gurus never charge anything – and would rather starve. How can we balance this for future humanity? How can we live in a material world and be spiritual and do-away with our enslavement to money and materialism?

    1. Liu… A couple things you might consider. First, the teacher, guru, philosopher was taken care of and cherish in ancient societies. This is no longer true. He must take care of himself.

      Secondly, we are not called to go back in time for evolution moves ever forward. The question is how to incorporate ancient wisdom into modern times. Life pushes ever forward.

      Next, the East and the West are very, very different and their mission and place on the planet are different as well. I think one of the greatest mistakes that can be made is to attempt to adopt the approaches and philosophies of another culture.

      Finally, the economic market is not going away any time soon. The problem is not money… the problem is in believing that money is purpose versus just a tool to pursue purpose. Hope this gives you something to consider ~ JAR

  8. Hi Mr Ray,

    It is all true. In every old doctrine ıt is out loud declared. But this time of us has made this us forgotten this reality. because we can only be buying zombies by forgotten this reality. ın one of old doctrine it is said that all universe is a unique, single, massive one piece. It has no parts. It, with everything in, is one.Nothing get in it, nor get out of it. And all universe and every single thing inside of it as been made the same energy. In visuality three has been differencies, but in real there is no difference. marketing thing make the difference. Politics made it. War made it. And in sadness I say it will not get better. Thanks a lot for making us open mind.

  9. The interesting things in this Blog for me is that you talked about Astrology and its effect and that can’t predict our life. I think it can show us a way.
    The thing I like to know is that what is the relationship between these two, Aries is ruled by Mars and that the Sun is exalted in Aries? As you know, Mars rules Scorpion as well.


  10. This is getting very interesting! You have opened up my eyes in regards to personal development. I agree that money is just a tool. Yet, I see money as the main motivator in peoples lives. I find myself thinking this way and it only creates anxiety. The times when I don’t worry about having enough, there is always enough. Weird, but it’s the Grand Plan working itself out. What a trip!!! Keep it going, James!

  11. Very interesting. I’m with Linda. Thanks for sharing your very interesting mind. I love it.

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